The importance of my sketchbooks in the development of my work cannot be overstated or overemphasized. They are an invaluable repository of visual ideas, notations regarding juxtapositions of shapes and surfaces, issues of scale and tests of color combinations. I refer to them constantly when beginning new work because of their immediacy and closeness to my thought process and the numerous variations on and solutions to visual ideas.
For some time I have wanted to develop these visual notes into drawings that stand on their own as more fully realized pieces. Because they so often involve a combination of collage and drawing, I wanted to explore the contrasts, tensions and complicated relationships between these different elements. I also wanted to concentrate on the physical nature of the collage papers and the gestures of drawing, how they function differently and sometimes the same, mimicking one another.